Pakistan’s Hasan Ali believes his team is in the lead after restraining Australia at the MCG

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Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has a positive outlook despite the team’s bowling struggles against Australia on Boxing Day. The team has only taken three wickets after bowling 66 overs, leaving plenty to be desired after Australia’s score of 187 for 3. However, Hasan believes that Pakistan still holds an advantage due to their disciplined bowling and ability to keep Australia restrained. He expressed his confidence in tomorrow’s performance, aiming to limit Australia’s score further.

Pakistan captain Shan Masood’s decision to field an all-seam attack and exclude spinner Sajid Khan from the starting XI put pressure on the fast bowlers. Hasan, who was previously left out of the first Test, effectively controlled the scoring rate when he came on as Pakistan’s first-change bowler. The skilled overhead conditions allowed him to generate movement and pressure Australia’s batters.

Following a wayward half-hour before lunch, Hasan and Pakistan stepped up their intensity, resulting in the wickets of Australia’s openers. Despite the challenge of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne’s resilient batting, Hasan expressed his satisfaction with their performance, emphasizing Pakistan’s aggressive yet efficient bowling.

David Warner, who was dropped on 2 by Abdullah Shafique, credited Pakistan’s bowlers for their exceptional performance. Despite this missed opportunity, Hasan maintains a positive attitude, refusing to let it define Pakistan’s day or affect their focus on seeking the wickets they aim for.


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